Aug 28, 2013
Reactor-88’s Custom Corner: Mike Die
Welcome to another edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. For August I'm featuring Mike Die. Mike resides in Staten Island, NY where he works as a manager for a major retailer. He loves spaceships and DJ Whattie, and has a tremendous collection of custom Dunnys. Mike started painting toys back in 1996, but took a break after a few years to focus on his career. In 2010 he returned to painting and hasn't looked back.
Being a self-proclaimed secret government robot gone awry, Mike's toy work is focused on robots. While robot toy designs can be a dime a dozen, Mike's work really stands-out with his signature details. All his customs have their heads turned backwards, and most have some sort of felt accessory wrap or hat. His paint work is top notch as well- ultra-clean line work on top of lightly textured base colors really make his robots stand out.
Mike is always open to commissions, so if you'd like to discuss a project with him you can contact him via email. To check out more of Mike's work you can follow him over on Instagram or Twitter, and for you Flickr folks he can be found here.
Also, be sure to check out Air Pirates- a custom blind-box 3-inch Dunny series curated by Melodreama and Mike. It features seventeen artists reinterpreting classic and modern Disney (and related) characters. The series features pieces from Melodreama, Bill Hewitt, Bryan Collins, Camhunas, DeeTen, Flawtoys, Guillermo Perez, JC Rivera, Komega, Krunster Girl, Lisa Rae Hansen, Matthew Reid, Jenn and Tony Bot, Mike Die, One Eyed Girl, PJ Constable, Shadoe Delgado, and To Design. These are currently available over at Mike Die's online store.
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Mike Die is the shizz! You are one hooked-up mofo if you make it happen and score one of his Dunnies. Word is born.
AMAZING work... Mike Die for toy president!!